Category: Haiti

United Nations: “Hunger spikes in Haiti following deadly earthquake”.

Around 980,000 Haitians in the four districts most affected by the August 14 earthquake in Haiti are now living with acute food insecurity, according to new UN food security data released on Thursday. 

Following the release of its findings, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urgently called for more investment to help rural Haitians go back to small-scale farming and avoid a worsening of the food crisis

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has long been vulnerable on multiple fronts.  

Last month’s earthquake destroyed markets, roads, storage and processing facilities, dairies, and irrigation systems. 

Tropical Storm Grace, which hit days after the seismic event, caused additional damage. 

FAO Representative in Haiti, Jose Luis Fernandez, said that “on top of a succession of disasters and crises, this latest double whammy has left people’s ability to produce and to access food for their families and communities, in tatters.”  

“With the October winter planting season just around the corner, we can’t wait to invest in rebooting agricultural production. That must happen immediately, but we are hampered by low levels of funding for this critical work,” he added. 

Even before the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, poverty, civil unrest, political and economic instability, combined with recurring natural disasters and the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, had turned Haiti into one of the worst-affected areas in terms of food supply.  

At the time, 4.4 million people were facing crisis or even worse levels of acute food insecurity, as measured on the official IPC food security scale, according UN News.

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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits Haiti, saturday morning.

Haiti’s prime minister has said “numerous” lives have been lost after the Caribbean country was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday morning.

Haiti is still recovering from a disastrous but less powerful quake more than 11 years ago

The epicenter of the quake was 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, according to the survey.

The earthquake, which was felt across the Caribbean, including in Cuba and Jamaica.

The earthquake has caused great damage and it is not known yet how much impact this earthquake has for Haiti, but a high death toll is feared.

The National Hurricane Center has forecasted that Tropical Storm Grace will reach Haiti late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

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Top United Nations Haiti envoy hails commitment to hold new elections.

The UN Special Representative for Haiti on Thursday, acknowledged the legitimacy of Prime Minister Claude Joseph to lead the Caribbean nation, following the “cowardly” assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on Wednesday, and welcomed his government’s commitment to hold national elections later this year.

Acoording UN News: Helen La Lime, who also heads the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said the prime minister, who now leads the government in line with the country’s constitution in the event of a sitting president’s death, was committed “to dialogue, and to continuing with a process to hold elections according to the electoral calendar that was released just last week.”

She said that would mean a first round of elections on 26 September, with a second round, set for November.

Povery in Haiti

National investigation underway

Speaking via video link to reporters in New York, Ms. La Lime said that “all efforts must be made” to bring those responsible for the assassination of the president to justice, and that a national investigation led by Haitian police, was now underway, following a number of arrests.

“It is too early for me to comment on exactly what went on and the circumstances surrounding this abhorrent act of violence…

We will continue to wait for further developments, and to assist as we can.”

She said the Government was “very serious” about ensuring that the perpetrators are caught and said BINUH would provide any help at its disposal to aid the investigation.

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UN condemns ‘abhorrent’ assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

Perpetrators behind the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse must be brought to justice, the United Nations said on Wednesday. 

UN NewsSecretary-General António Guterres has condemned the incident in the strongest terms, according to a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric

“The Secretary-General calls on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence”, it said. 

President Moïse, 53, was shot dead in an overnight attack in his private residence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.  His wife, Martine, was also injured and is receiving treatment, according to media reports. 

The entrepreneur and politician was elected in November 2016 and began serving the following February.   

Haitian children

Antonio Guterres has extended his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Haiti, and to the family of the late President. 

The UN will continue to stand with the Government and the people of Haiti, the statement continued. 

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Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. 

Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s lives in Haiti have been increasingly affected by rising violence, a lack of access to nutrition services and clean water

Haiti is experiencing extreme weather conditions including hurricanes as well.

The latest food insecurity data indicates that one in four Haitians is acutely hungry.

A lot of children in Haiti are malnourished

About 4.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure on the island today, including 1.9 million children, UNICEF said.

UNICEF added: the upcoming hurricane season is likely to worsen the access to nutritious food in the coming months.

“Severe acute malnutrition can and should be treated right now to save children’s lives in Haiti,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2020, UNICEF, together with Haitian government and partners, treated 33,372 acutely malnourished children across Haiti, by providing nutrition supplies and medicines.

For 2021, UNICEF needs $48.9 million to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.5 million people in Haiti, including more than 700,000 children.

To date, the appeal has remained almost completely underfunded. 

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